Audie Award Winner, Fiction, 2014
Audie Award Nominee, Solo Narration - Male, 2014
Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless - mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant "shining" power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep."
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
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"Will Patton's delivery enhances King's prose in ways that make King's work so much more enjoyable in audio than just reading it…Patton's narrative voice captures the rhythm of King's words. His character voices, filled with a variety of regional American accents, remain consistent. Most importantly, the sinister aspects that embody characters and moments of this novel are superbly executed and will certainly leave listeners on edge." (AudioFile)
"King, not one given to sequels, throws fans a big, bloody bone with this long-drooled-for follow-up to The Shining." (Booklist)
"…a gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance's story." (Publisher’s Weekly)
Yes, and most likely will. It's well written, well performed and very entertaining.
Dan's journey. Good stuff.
I wasn't sure about Will at first but he added depth to the characters and is very good at make you feel that each voice is its own.
A fun ride!!
I was really excited for this one, having listened to the prologue a few months before because it was attached to Wind Through The Keyhole. That part at least, was awesome, truly scary, horrible, even unforgettable. The rest, well, lets say I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it wasn't attached to The Shining. Before anyone asks, I have read the book and seen the movie and I like them both for different reasons. The original The Shining book was excellent, and I was sad to see certain parts not make it into the movie, but I can understand why it was done the way it was.
I guess my main problem with this book was that it was boring. I kept waiting for something to surprise me and it really never did. Plot points and twists happened, and I just didn't care. Maybe my expectations were too high, maybe I resented the fact that it had almost nothing to do with the original Shining, it just seems like the prologue and the rest of the book were written with two very different ideas in mind, I'm not sure. I've read a TON of King's work and 99% of it I absolutely love, but this just felt empty and ham handed, and I'm truly sorry because I wanted to like it so much.
As for the performance, it was absolutely perfect, no problems whatsoever, Will Patton was at his best here, breathing life into every character, giving his all in every breath. I'll be looking out for more from him.
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
Absolutely!! Stephen King does not disappoint in his follow up on little Danny Torrence's life. Amazing story, with a perfect ending!
Will Patton did a truly superb job with this narration. I loved all of his characters, but especially Rose. Amazing!
This was my first experience with Audible books, and I am hooked. LOVED every minute of it.
The performance carried the book, in my opinion. It kept my attention for the most part, but the not the whole part. Towards the final 2/3rds, I found I wondered off a few times. This is something I have never done with Stephen King book before. I am disappointed to say, I found the book a bit formulaic - typical King, the names, dates, & places changed. Perhaps, though, I am being a bit too disparaging; afterall I did enjoy the book and would certainly recommend it to all you young at heart readers who enjoy some thrills in your lives.
So it's been nearly two decades since I read The Shining. When I first started listening to the audiobook, I was upset at where little Dan Torrence had ended up. But then I got caught up in the story and that, dear readers, is what Stephen King excels at - - telling a story. Before I knew what was happening, I was caught up in Dan's story and his relationship with little Abra Stone. I was terrified for both of them afraid they would fall into the cluthes of the True Knot. This was a masterpiece in storytelling. Will Patten's narration was terrific. I highly recommend this audiobook.
I travel the country setting up at comic, toy, sci-fi, and horror conventions. Audiobooks help with the travels.
What happens next.
I would recommend the story to fans of the shinning. I always wonder what happens to the main character after a book. It seemed rushed like maybe King wanted to do more maybe more novels however. The ending was too fell good for a King no el.
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Many times, and I usually do not re-read or re-listen!
Excellent plot, flow, suspense, humanness and spookiness!
I have not, but his performance was superb!
I would not re-name it.
Get this book!!!
I felt the story was decent with enough suspense to keep me interested. However, the frequent mention of specific items present in modern day pop culture will definitely keep this from becoming a timeless classic. Did anyone else notice this? I mean does he really have to say, "Then Danny opened up his HP laptop and went to Google Earth using Firefox while drinking a Diet Coke"?? It just seemed excessive and made me wonder if he gets paid for product placement like movies since he is one of the most recognized authors today. Generally, it did not detract from the story, but I felt it didn't add anything either. Other than that, it was a decent story. Not my favorite, but it kept my interest and was entertaining.
Author, Audiobook Narrator
Before I get into the review let me just say that Will Patton narrated the heck out of this book. He was great. He really put his heart and soul into it. I want to go find what else he's narrated now. Okay, on with the review.
This book was creepy and vibrant and touching and exciting and an excellent sequel to The Shining and many more things. A few years ago I never thought I would be reading books by this author. I grew up not watching PG 13 movies until I was actually 13, and I never watched any horror movies. I still don't. I'm a pretty cheerful upbeat guy who doesn't like to dwell on gruesome dark stuff. My favorite movies and books are more of the coming of age sci-fi and fantasy adventure types. I guess you could say I'm not a horror fan, that was until I read King. Many times when I would talk to friends about the love of reading and writing they would ask, "have you read any of Stephen King's books?" I would always respond by saying I wasn't into horror. Then I read his great book called On Writing where he gives a bio of his life and writes a lot about the craft of writing. So then, you guessed it, The Shining was the first King book I read. My friend let me borrow his beat up paperback copy, but I ended up grabbing the audiobook from my public library. It was really good. I went on to read many more King books after that finding that he was a great writer, even if some of his books bored me in the middle sometimes. His novella The Body is possibly my favorite book of all time. I've read it several times in the last few years. The audiobook is narrated by the legendary Frank Muller and it is amazing.
This story is about an old guy dealing with alcoholism, ghosts, evil old people who travel teh nation in RVs, and many other things. It's also about a little girl dealing with her special powers, I know nothing new to a King novel but he did a bang up job writing this one and it felt new and inventive and fresh and awesome. I'm not a drinker. I have a drink about once every two months or so. A glass of red wine, or a mixed drink at a family party. Maybe a hard lemonade. I've never had more than one drink. I've never been drunk. It would seem there isn't much to relate to in this novel for me, but there is. It's really about seeing a character hit rock bottom and deal with picking up the pieces to eventually get to a place where they can help others. It's about a lot of other things, but that's one of the main ones. I've hit rock bottom a few times. It is just about always when one of my kids are sick. I've stayed overnight in the hospital with a sick child many more times than I'd like to remember. It's different than being at rock bottom from personal bad choices, but all this to say that this book which would seem like a story I couldn't relate to was touching to me and I loved it.
I may have blogged about this in the past but I think Stephen King's main strength is that he writes great characters. I've read many of his books now and there were a few that got boring in the middle. They were bloated with info dumps, flashbacks, back story, and exposition but I always kept reading. I kept reading because in all of his books I had become very invested in his characters and I had to know what was going to happen to them. I cared about his characters. I think this strength Stephen has is why he is the king of fiction so to speak. There are many other reasons, the dude can write some brilliant prose, but I think it's the characters we all come to love that push his books to the top of the charts and keep his stories in the minds of readers. I heard Mr. King asked by an interviewer that while his books are scary there are also touching moments in them. King responded by saying that you can't be scared for a character unless you care about them. Stephen King writes characters you care about. He fleshes them out brilliantly.
So yes great characters I became invested in have carried me through some of his books with bloated middles but this book had no bloat. I loved every chapter. I never grew bored. There were some nice slower chapters where you get to explore the different places in the story, but it never got boring. This book was a fantastic read and if you like The Shinning you'll love this great sequel Doctor Sleep.
Top 10% for sure
I have not heard any of will Patton's other performances.
The story and the supernatural aspect.
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